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March 15, 2019
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  • Thank you Macy Adams and Haley Schanne for speaking to future MPA students at the Graduate Education event! (left)
  • Danielle Bloom at presenting at the Graduate Research Poster Session! (right)

Maintaining the Momentum: "Diversity as Action"

February 28th, 2019 was an important evening for our MPA community. In response to the recent faculty search that took place to fill an MPA-focused political science faculty position, students, faculty and administrative leaders participated in a community conversation hosted by Dr. Judy Millesen. Approximately twenty MPA students attended, along with MPA faculty and Graduate School leadership.

The purpose of the community conversation was to create a space for inquiry, fill informational gaps between stakeholders, and share solution-focused dialogue to discuss faculty diversity at the College of Charleston. A prevailing theme was that diversity can mean “difference” and it can be an “action”. While the full details of the community conversation can be found here, the group identified strategies  the MPA program and Graduate College may implement to demonstrate a commitment to diversity. For example:

  • Invite students to be engaged in the recruitment process…not just serving on the committee, but involved throughout the process—drafting the job description, advertising the position, participating in the interview process, etc.  Collecting feedback from students and assure that feedback is considered in the final decision-making process

As students, we have expressed a need for change, but we can also be a community of change-makers. The discussion was an opportunity for students AND leaders to grow in knowledge and attitudes towards a stronger, more representative institution; yet, it must be recognized as a meaningful starting place. Let us use the momentum from the community conversation to create a seat at the table and to turn dialogue into action.

Click here for the full blog, including the three "next steps" the MPA department has identified that call for our contribution. 

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Student Opportunities
Student Opportunity: Meet Arlinda Locklear
What: Meet Arlinda Locklear '73 to learn about her career as a woman and minority in the courtroom and on arguing cases at the highest level. Arlinda Locklear was the first Native American woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court and has twice served as lead counsel in cases in which the nation’s highest court ruled in favor of tribal parties. She will be engaging with students of her alma mater and will be giving the keynote address at the 2019 Winthrop Roundtable.


Organization: Friends of Coastal South Carolina
Position: Environmental Education Internship
Details: We are seeking full time environmental education program interns. This is your opportunity to pass your enthusiasm and excitement for the environment and conservation on to the next generation while getting great experience in education, public relations, and general national wildlife refuge and national forest operations.
 Read more about the position here.

Organization: Charleston County Aviation Authority 
Position: Intern
Details: Under direct supervision, perform a variety of duties involved in the direction and assistance of airport administration to include observing, discussing, assisting, and participating in all activities, which involve association with departments of the airport on a daily basis. Your current department manager will present specific duties to you at the beginning of your time with that department. Read more about the position here.
Organization: Research For Action (Philadelphia)
Position: Policy Research Intern - Paid
Details: As an Intern for RFA, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow interns and researchers to develop your skills and competencies across methodological traditions. This requisition will be used to fill multiple research internships, all provided materials will be reviewed and considered for best fit of the project need. Additional details of the position will be provided prior to an interview.  Read more about the position here.

Organization: PolicyLink (Oakland, CA)
Positions: Arts, Culture, & Equitable Development Intern; Criminal Justice Intern, Anti-Displacement Policy Network Research Intern
Details: PolicyLink is currently looking for graduate students interested in public policy, urban planning, and related fields. They have multiple internships available that are paid and 10-weeks long. Deadline to apply is March 15th Read more about the position here.

Career Corner

Organization: Town of Summerville
Positions: Economic Development Coordinator

Details: The Economic Development Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing the economic development programs for the Town with the goal of business retention, expansion, and attraction; job growth and tax base expansion, as well as annexation efforts of both residential and commercial properties. Click here for the full description. 

Organization: Dorchester County
Positions: GIS Analyst - Emergency Management
Details: The purpose of the class is to perform a variety of analytical, technical and administrative work in developing the County's Geographical Information Systems (GIS) databases and applications in conjunction with local County governments and agencies. Click here for the full description. 

Organization: Charleston County
Position: Support Services Supervisor
Details:  This position is responsible for supervising and assisting the Public Education Specialist with developing, managing, and providing education to the public safety responders on a variety of 911 and Consolidated Dispatch issues, and supervising and assisting the CDC Analysts with managing and researching FOIA requests, subpoenas, agency requests for recordings and external complaints. Full description provided here.

Organization: Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
Position: Donor Relations Manager
Details: The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is looking for a motivated individual with extensive experience in fundraising to secure funds, fulfilling the interests of donors by providing them with giving opportunities and encouraging them to give, and by retaining continuing donors and elevating their involvement and giving. Click here for the full description. 

Organization: Charleston Parks Conservancy
Positions: Special Events and Corporate Relations Manager
Details: The Special Events and Corporate Relations Manager works under the direction of the Director of Development to plan and implement special events for the Conservancy and manage the Conservancy’s corporate partnership program. He or she works to engage donors and potential donors through a program of fun and informative friendraising and fundraising activities with a goal of sustaining and increasing annual support for Charleston Parks Conservancy projects and programs. Click here for the full description.

Organization: SC First Steps
Position: Director of Strategic Impact
Details: The Director of Strategic Impact oversees strategic planning, impact and evaluation processes – both those mandated by legislation and by funding agreements and those initiated by the agency including ongoing goal-setting and tracking and progress toward outcomes and impact. Read more about the position here. 

Organization: Charleston County Housing & Redevelopment Authority 
Position: Purchasing/ Procurement Specialist
Details: CCHRA is seeking a Procurement Specialist with experience and knowledge of procurement in public housing or other government entity to support the Authority’s procurement process. Job duties may include but not limited to: Review Purchase Requisitions and the applicable policy; oversee, plan, and coordinate all purchasing functions to ensure acquisitions of proper equipment, materials, supplies, and services to meet project and Authority; oversee the creation of procurement activities for outside contract work; evaluating contract files for compliance with HUD regulations and preparing appropriate forms, letters, and documents accordingly. Full description provided here.

Organization: Town of Kiawah Island
Position: Public Works Manager
Details: Works under limited supervision; plays a key role in ensuring the appearance of the town is maintained as this is critical to the town's mission; and coordinates activities to assure that contractual agreements are carried out according to specifications, schedules, and budgets. Evaluates public works and facility's needs; formulates short- and long-range plans, both fiscal and operational; and meets the needs in all areas of responsibility, including street, drainage, building maintenance and fleet management. Performs emergency management duties and responsibilities as assigned by the town administrator. View more details here!

Organization: Coastal Community Foundation
Position: Stewartship Officer
works, in cooperation with the Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) Development and Stewardship Team and the Executive Vice President, to advance the growth, development and reputation of the Foundation to become the philanthropic partner of choice. He/She helps advance the work of the Foundation in the region by working across the areas of stewardship, development and planned giving. Read more about the position here.

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